Monday, January 18, 2010
I'm trying out a reward system in 2010. I decided I'd get myself a health magazine subscription when I lose 5 pounds. Since I'm almost there (yay!!), I need to pick which magazine to subscribe to!
I'm thinking SELF, SHAPE, or FITNESS MAGAZINE. Anyone like/dislike any of these? Or have others to suggest? Can't decide which one to get!!
Thanks for any input, guys!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I spent last week being bummed out and frustrated about not being able to run because of ankle pain. But now I'm saying "screw that!" (pardon my French).
I just bought '30 Day Shred' and another Jillian Michaels dvd. I'll focus on doing those and getting stronger, and will feel SO GOOD when I'm all healed up and ready to run again. Because, man, it's hard to stay away from running (since I love it so much), and it's hard to get back into a routine once I've taken a break - but I'm gonna do it!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
While running can be difficult if I'm not in the right mindset, or if I'm tired, or if the run is so long that I'm on the treadmill for the duration of 3 different Food Network Show - it's even harder to not run.
I did my long run of 8 miles on Saturday, and it felt GREAT, except for a little bit of ankle pain at the end. My leg felt a little tight that night, but nothing crazy. However, when I hopped onto the treadmill on Monday for my next schedule run, my ankle started hurting again within 2 miles. I walked a couple miles (which didn't hurt), but was totally frustrated. That's the first time I didn't stick to my schedule.
I like following a training schedule and knowing exactly how many miles I should do on a certain date, and seeing progress, challenging myself, and feeling the Runner's High. Now I'm letting my body rest, which I know is the smart thing, but it's filling me with fears - about gaining weight, about being injured for more than a few days, about not being able to do a half marathon because of this. I know that I'm totally overthinking/obsessing, and that runners get aches all the time, but I was attracted to running because it clears my mind and makes me feel strong - now that I'm taking a break, I'm getting bummed out! :-/
Friday, December 18, 2009
As a former Weight Watcher, I always heard people sing the praises of 'Zero Point Soup'. I made it this week for the first time in a while and WOW was it a help! It's basically chicken (or vegetable) stock and all kinds of veggies, so it's low on calories and fat - but very yummy and filling. I had it as a snack to keep me from grazing and eating all the junk that people bring into the office.
Thought I'd share for any non-WWers. Got the recipe from here: http://www.hungry-girl.com/askhg/askhgdeta
(note - I didn't follow the directions EXACTLY - didn't measure everything, just threw in veggies and extra spices until it tasted just right :D )
2/3 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup diced onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups fat-free broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)
1 1/2 cups diced green cabbage (a pre-diced bag meant for cole slaw works!)
1/2 cup green beans
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup diced zucchini
In a large saucepan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, saute carrots, onions and garlic over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add broth, cabbage, green beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Lastly, stir in the zucchini and continue to heat soup for 3 - 4 minutes. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A friend at work, who *luckily* sits right behind me, has started tracking her calories and working out more to lose weight. I can't believe what an enormous help it is to have her so near to me all day!
Today, our boss gave us Kit Kat bars - reluctantly, we lifted them off our desks and gave them away, then high-five'd to celebrate our self-control. We've also successfully held strong against Cookie Wednesday, and the appearances of chocolate bark and Dunkin Donut Munchkins.
It's nice to be able support each other, vent our frustrations, and share ideas and tips. It's definitely possible to go it alone, but MAN much easier to have others help along the way! So thankful to have a partner in this :)
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